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Eastern Shore PF Damonte Dodd: 'It feels great' to commit to the Terps

February 22, 2012|By Matt Bracken | The Baltimore Sun

Dodd currently averages 24 points, 16 rebounds and six blocks for the 18-4 Lions, the top-seeded team in the Class 2A District VIII playoffs. Queen Anne’s is off this week, and will face the winner of Wicomico and North Caroline on Tuesday. Becraft said his squad has “as good a shot as anybody” at making it all the way to Comcast Center for the state semifinals, potentially giving Dodd a chance to play on his future homecourt.

Dodd said he’s not sure what role he’ll play for the Terps next season. While Becraft had heard some chatter that Maryland wanted Dodd to do a prep year or redshirt, that doesn’t necessarily seem to be the case.

“Right now, they’re still kind of open-ended. They definitely want him in next year,” Becraft said. “There was some talk about maybe a prep year and possibly a redshirt. That truly hasn’t been decided yet. There’s not a whole lot of pressure for him to come in and contribute a whole lot right away. Down the road, they basically see him as a power forward kind of a guy – a 4 who can play both in and out, face the bucket and play with his back to the bucket. They’re looking at that right now, keeping it open. Next year it’s still to be decided.”

Dodd said the reaction around school to his commitment has been “surprising.” The Eastern Shore, he said, is known much more for its lacrosse rather than its basketball. His commitment to the Terps is “pretty huge. … Hopefully I do what I can do to help them win a championship.” 

Becraft, meanwhile, is happy for his star player. While there is work to be done before Dodd suits up for the Terps, the Queen Anne’s coach thinks he’s on the right track.

“He has a tremendous opportunity there,” he said. “He’s not necessarily star-struck, but he’s kind of taking it all in. He knows what’s in front of him. He knows the work is coming. He’s willing to put in the work to get there.”

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